At Commencement ceremonies, Weill Medical College presented its Alumni Award of Distinction to Albert Z. Kapikian, who received his M.D. from the Medical College in 1956. Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences presented its Alumni Award of Distinction to Hazel H. Szeto, who received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School in 1977, while also receiving her M.D. from the Medical College the same year.
Albert Kapikian, M.D. (Class of 1956)
After graduating from Cornell in 1956, Dr. Kapikian did his internship at Meadowbrook Hospital in Hempstead, N.Y., and medical courses at both Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and the Medical School at the University of London in England. He has worked at the NIH since 1957, when he became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service; after retiring as a commissioned officer in 1988, he has continued at the NIH in the civil service.
Hazel H. Szeto, Ph.D., M.D. (Class of 1977)
Dr. Szeto is internationally recognized for her contributions to the understanding of fetal development, which have earned her many honors and awards, including, most recently, one of the NIH's highest honors, the NIH Merit Award, from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She has served on many advisory and editorial boards, including the editorial board of the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. At the Graduate School and Medical College, she has served on committees that developed curriculum, reviewed policies on ethics, and improved living conditions for students and postdoctoral fellows. She has also been especially active in alumni outreach activities for the Graduate School of Medical Sciences.